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How to Make a Crochet Pumpkin for Beginners

Embrace the cozy allure of autumn by crafting your own crochet pumpkin. This comprehensive guide offers the best of both worlds - a video tutorial for visual learners and a detailed photo walkthrough for those who love the nitty-gritty.

By | Last updated Feb. 6, 2024, 12:32 p.m.

Are you captivated by the warm hues of autumn leaves, the crisp air, and the scent of pumpkin spice wafting through the air? If so, you're not alone. Fall is a season that inspires creativity, especially when it comes to crafting. And what better way to celebrate the season than by creating your very own crochet pumpkin? Not only is this beginner crochet project quick and easy, but it's also incredibly versatile. Whether you're a seasoned crocheter or picking up a hook for the first time, this pumpkin crochet pattern is perfect for you. The best part? You can customize it to any size, making it a fantastic project for using up leftover yarn or trying out new types. So grab your crochet hook and your favorite yarn, and let's make something beautiful to celebrate the season!

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How to Make a Crochet Pumpkin

Before we jump into the nitty-gritty of the pattern, let's talk materials. The beauty of this project lies in its simplicity and adaptability. For our example, we used Hobbii Ribbon yarn in the Rust (45) color, which is a t-shirt yarn that gives the pumpkin a unique texture and robustness. To complement this yarn, a 6mm crochet hook (US size J-10) was used. However, you're not limited to this choice and you can use any type of yarn and a corresponding crochet hook to bring your pumpkin to life. Now, without further ado, let's get started on crafting your very own crochet pumpkin!

For those who find it easier to follow along with visual instructions, I've prepared a video tutorial to guide you through each step of creating your own crochet pumpkin. The video offers real-time demonstrations, making it easier than ever to master this quick and easy project. Simply press play to get started!


If you prefer a more detailed, step-by-step breakdown - below, you'll find a photo tutorial that complements the video, offering additional insights and tips to ensure your crochet pumpkin turns out just as you envisioned.

how to make a crochet pumpkin

Step 1

Begin your project by chaining 21 stitches.
This number isn't set in stone - you're welcome to adjust it based on the size you want your finished pumpkin to be. The pattern is highly adaptable, so whether you go for a smaller or larger initial chain, the final size of your pumpkin will adjust accordingly.

how to make a crochet pumpkin

Step 2

Starting from the second stitch from the hook, single crochet across the entire row. This sets the foundation for your pumpkin's texture. Chain 1, and turn.

how to make a crochet pumpkin

Step 3

For all subsequent rows, perform single crochets but only in the back loop of each stitch.

how to make a crochet pumpkin

Chain 1, turn.

how to make a crochet pumpkin

Continue this pattern for about 40 rows. To determine the exact number of rows, take the number of chains you started with (minus 1) and double it.

For this pattern, that would be (21-1) x 2 = 40 rows.

This is a guideline, so feel free to adjust the row count to achieve your desired pumpkin size.

how to make a crochet pumpkin

Step 4

After completing your rows, use a needle to join the two ends together, forming a tube shape. This will be the body of your pumpkin.

how to make a crochet pumpkin

Step 5

With a yarn needle, sew one end of the tube closed. This will serve as the bottom of your pumpkin. Yes, now it looks like a hat )

how to make a crochet pumpkin

Step 6

Fill your pumpkin with your chosen stuffing material. Make sure to distribute the stuffing evenly for a well-rounded shape.

how to make a crochet pumpkin

Step 7

Once your pumpkin is stuffed to your liking, sew the other end closed. This completes the main body of your pumpkin.

how to make a crochet pumpkin

Step 8

To give your pumpkin a more authentic, flattened shape rather than a perfect round ball, take a length of thread and connect the top and bottom parts of your pumpkin. Gently pull the thread to create a slight indent, making the pumpkin appear more natural.

how to make a crochet pumpkin

Step 9

To add a natural-looking stem, find a stitch at the top of your pumpkin where you'd like the stem to be. Carefully insert a stick through this stitch, pushing it into the stuffing to secure it in place.

There you have it! Your very own crochet pumpkin, perfect for adding a touch of autumn to any setting. Feel free to experiment with different yarns, hook sizes, and stuffing materials to make a pumpkin that's uniquely yours.

how to make a crochet pumpkin

Additional Sizes

The adaptability of this pattern allows for a variety of sizes, offering something for every space and occasion. For instance, a "Nougat" colored pumpkin was crafted using a starting chain of 16 and completed with 30 rows. A smaller "Sand" colored pumpkin was made with an initial chain of 11 and finished in just 20 rows. These variations demonstrate the pattern's flexibility, making it easy for you to create a whole patch of pumpkins in different shapes and sizes!

how to make a crochet pumpkin

Jolly Lizard

Jolly Lizard is a wife, mother of two, and a crochet enthusiast with a passion for sharing her craft. She sells crochet patterns on Etsy, offers video tutorials on YouTube, and is an active member of the Ravelry community. When she's not crocheting or spending time with her family, she enjoys hiking and exploring the mountains.

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Amanda Lopes Nov. 6, 2023, 12:13 a.m.

Wow, this is the best pumpkin crochet tutorial I've ever seen.. Thank you for sharing it for free!